This week’s must-see Toronto shows

RAP 'N' ROLL: THE AFRO ALTERNATIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE To.


RAP ‘N’ ROLL: THE AFRO ALTERNATIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE

To close out Black History Month in celebratory style, local music presenter and journalist Dalton Higgins curates an “urban alternative” concert featuring some of Toronto’s most innovative, genre-defying artists.

Fresh off her brand-new release, Modern Day Minerals, producer Pursuit Grooves brings her bass-heavy beat music Drake music director and guitarist Adrian X steps into the spotlight solo 88 Days of Fortune collective founder Ayo Leilani shows off her killer R&B pipes SoundClash Music Award finalist Brendan Philip boasts his indefinable brand of soulful, funky alt-pop (“soul-fi,” he calls it). And last but certainly not least, Complaints Department rock out with their punk-, rap- and reggae-inspired brand of hardcore.

In case it’s not overwhelmingly obvious already, what these musicians have in common is their stereotype-busting avoidance of the mainstream.

Prepare to have your horizons broadened.

Tonight (Thursday, February 27), at the Piston (937 Bloor West), 9 pm. $10. daltonhiggins.wordpress.com.

DOOMSQUAD, HSY, PETRA GLYNT, MOONWOOD, MAS AYA

Comfort Zone (480 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, February 27)

Dark new age album release party.

RAE SPOON, CRIS DERKSEN, LIGHT FIRES

Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, February 27)

Electro folk-pop.

ISAIAH RASHAD, TRE MISSION

Tattoo (567 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, February 27)

See previews, page 52.

ZAKK WYLDE

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), tonight (Thursday, February 27)

Solo show by Black Label Society (and former Ozzy) axeman.

JACK DEJOHNETTE, JOE LOVANO, ESPERANZA SPALDING, LEO GENOVESE

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, February 27)

Jazz At Massey Hall: The Spring Quartet.

DIGITS, KEN PARK, MEKELE, FARRAGOES

Encore Studios (76A Geary), Friday (February 28)

See preview, page 51.

DEAFHEAVEN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, INTRONAUT, THE KINDRID

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Friday (February 28)

See cover story, page 42.

THE BEVERLEYS, WISH, MEXICAN SLANG

Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), Friday (February 28)

Punk-grunge EP release.

WAKE OWL, LYON

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (February 28)

See album review, page 57.

PAUL SIMON & STING

Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Saturday (March 1)

Two legends unite.

THE FRATELLIS

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (March 1)

Scottish indie rock.

PHANTOGRAM

Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (March 1)

Electro rock duo.

BROKEN BELLS, AU REVOIR SIMONE

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Monday (March 3)

See preview, page 41.

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